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ERIC Number: ED508568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-9067-9242-8
The Sustainable Communities Act: Analysis of Proposals Submitted by Councils. LGA Research Report
Hetherington, Monica; Featherstone, Gill; Bielby, Gill; Passy, Rowena
National Foundation for Educational Research
The purpose of this report is to disseminate the findings from an analysis of the proposals submitted by English councils under the Sustainable Communities Act for England 2007 (SCA), conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) in August/September 2009, as requested by the Local Government Association (LGA). It aims to provide a snapshot of key patterns and trends emerging from the different types of local authorities (LAs) in the nine regions and with varying political control. The key findings of the report show that: (1) a total of 301 proposals were submitted by 90 lead authorities, with a further ten district councils contributing to the joint submissions; (2) the most common themes for proposals were Environmental Sustainability, Planning and Transport but proposals were often relevant to a number of themes; (3) the suggested approaches in relation to reform could be categorized into five levers for change; and (4) the local authorities engaged their communities, including voluntary and community groups, using existing and new people panels and a variety of other ways. Two appendices are included: (1) breakdown of proposals by region, type of authority and political control; and (2) breakdown of proposals mentioning partnerships or supporting organisations. (Contains 6 figures and 14 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Foundation for Educational Research
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)